Banana Split Nachos

Banana split nachos will make all your childhood dreams come true. Chips made out of pie crust, piles of ice cream, strawberries, and bananas, all garnished with roasted almonds, cherries, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce.

Banana split nachos on a large baking sheet, garnished with almonds, cherries, and chocolate sauce.

Adapted from Trisha Yearwood | Trisha’s Kitchen | Mariner Books, 2021

I love a nacho platter. It’s the perfect appetizer to share at a restaurant or at home. I took that classic nacho idea and turned it into dessert. You can really mix these chocolate pie chips with any of your favorite dessert toppings, but I love combining the flavors of a banana split onto a big platter for everyone to share. Take as many bites as you want of this decadent pile of goodness!—Trisha Yearwood

Banana Split Nachos FAQs

What can I use instead of pie crust for dessert nachos?

You have a few options here, so don’t panic if you don’t feel like whipping up a pie crust. Shards of waffle cones, cinnamon sugared pitas, or nacho chips all work well, too.

What else do you have that I make for this dessert?

We have lots of sweet suggestions! Caramel sauce, roasted strawberries, homemade marshmallows, maybe some candied pecans? Leftover candy bark would make us go hysterical with delight. And just think of all the kinds of ice cream you can put on this bad boy!

Banana Split Nachos

Banana split nachos on a large baking sheet, garnished with almonds, cherries, and chocolate sauce.
My mama used to say after every meal, “Now I just need a little something sweet!” From family traditions like my dad’s favorite fried pies and my uncle Wilson’s ice cream concoctions to my banana split nachos, I can always find something to suit my sweet fancy.

Prep 25 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 45 mins
Dessert
American
6 to 8 servings
1001 kcal
5 from 1 vote
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Ingredients 

  • Two (9 inch) store-bought or homemade pie crusts
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • One (1.38-oz) packet hot chocolate mix
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 2 cups strawberries hulled and quartered
  • 2 bananas sliced into 1/4 inch (6 mm) thick rounds
  • 1 quart of your favorite ice cream (Trisha likes Neapolitan)
  • One (6.5-oz) can whipped cream
  • 1/4 cup (1 1/2 ounces) stemless maraschino cherries cut in half
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounces) roasted almonds roughly chopped

Directions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Unroll each round of pie dough onto a separate sheet of parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet. Use a fork to prick the dough all over. Brush both rounds with the beaten egg and sprinkle half the packet of the hot cocoa mix over each.
  • Cut each dough round into 12 to 16 thin wedges, like you are cutting up a pizza, being careful not to cut through the parchment, then separate the wedges slightly. Bake until crisp and lightly golden brown on the edges and bottoms, 12 to 16 minutes.

    TESTER TIP: To avoid cutting the parchment paper, use the back of a butter knife to cut through the pie dough.

  • While the pie chips bake, in a small saucepan, combine the heavy cream and vanilla and heat over medium heat until steaming but not boiling, about 5 minutes.
  • In a medium heatproof bowl, add the chocolate chips, then pour the warm cream over them. Let sit for 1 minute, then stir well until melted and smooth.
  • When the pie chips are ready, place half of them on a large dinner plate. Top with half the strawberries, bananas, and chocolate sauce. Add the remaining chips and top with 6 to 8 scoops of ice cream and the remaining strawberries and bananas.
  • Add some puffs of whipped cream and drizzle it all with chocolate sauce. Sprinkle with cherries and nuts. Serve immediately, with any leftover chocolate sauce on the side.
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Show Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 1001kcal (50%)Carbohydrates: 100g (33%)Protein: 14g (28%)Fat: 62g (95%)Saturated Fat: 32g (200%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 182mg (61%)Sodium: 449mg (20%)Potassium: 705mg (20%)Fiber: 6g (25%)Sugar: 58g (64%)Vitamin A: 1538IU (31%)Vitamin C: 33mg (40%)Calcium: 307mg (31%)Iron: 2mg (11%)

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Recipe Testers’ Reviews

These banana split nachos were amazing and were loved by all ages. The possibilities are endless and the recipe is so easy. Chop some fruit, make a quick and delicious chocolate sauce, prep your pie crust and you’re all done except for the assembly. 

I have to say I was reluctant about the hot chocolate mix on the pie crust but it was really good. My grandson has an egg and nut allergy. I didn’t use the egg on the pie crust as instructed, instead, I brushed it with heavy cream. I don’t know if that made much difference in the flavor profile but I did want to mention it.

Instead of placing the nachos on a sheet pan, I made individual servings to accommodate everyone’s likes and dislikes. This was delicious and everyone loved it. I will definitely keep this in my quick, easy, and delicious dessert recipes. I can’t wait to play around with different toppings.

Lollapalooza sundae anyone? Those were my first thoughts after we assembled this platter of ice cream goodness, it reminded me of the sundae served at Bridgeman’s Ice Cream Shoppe & Restaurants in Minnesota. These banana split nachos are truly good old-fashioned fun and would be fun to serve at a birthday party for all ages and could be customized with favorite toppings and ice cream. 

The only piece I would modify is to do a cinnamon and sugar mixture on the pie crust wedges rather than the hot cocoa powder—which did not quite stand out (blended in nice enough) amidst all the other tasty parts to this dessert tower. It was quite overwhelming to serve for just 4 people, so plan on a party when you make these dessert nachos.

Originally published December 3, 2021

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